The Fight Against Heart Disease
In order to prevent the leading killer of Americans, heart disease, the medical profession has been advocating a low-fat diet to reduce lipid levels of cholesterol. If your cholesterol levels do not respond adequately (a moving target), “statin” drugs are very often prescribed. A want to share a couple interesting things about this with you.
First, I was watching TV and a Crestor© ad came on (these drugs are BIG business). During the ad, some text came on the bottom of the screen that said Crestor© has not been proven to prevent heart attacks. I thought, but isn’t that the whole point?
And how about the low-fat diet? Many people are watching their fat intake and the food manufacturers have jumped on this in response. Well, here are the results of a huge study.
Study Finds Low-Fat Diet Won't Stop Cancer or Heart Disease
Results of an eight-year, $415 million “low-fat” diet study of nearly 49,000 over-50 post-menopausal women shows “no significant” reduction in the incidence of colon cancer, breast cancer or heart disease as those who ate whatever they pleased. This finding was surprising (well, to some at least), especially in terms of heart disease, as the conventional wisdom is that dietary fats and cholesterol are the culprits for heart disease. Two theories of possible explanations for the lack of expected results are being presented:
1)It may be too late in life and the damage has already been done for the study participants. A low-fat diet might, therefore, be beneficial for younger people.
2)The low-fat diet did not include any increase in “good fats” found in fish oils
OK, there may be some truth to both of these, but if there was any advantage of a low-fat diet you would have to believe that this study would have had positive results, however small. But NO.
Where does this leave us? To me it screams loud and clear that the reasons for heart disease are, quite obviously, somewhere else. How about the Pauling/Rath theory that chronic vitamin C deficiency leads to a deteriorated arterial wall that is “patched” with a build-up of plaque? Maybe adding adequate vitamin C to your diet will help. It doesn’t have to do very much to be better than “statin” drugs or a low-fat diet. That is for sure.